What is SOF?
Do not forget about beach activities (kayak, stand up paddle, diving, beach volley) in the amazing bays of Jali and Gjipe!
You can also choose to relax and soak up stories around the campfire, in the entertainment tents in the vibrant heart of the festival hub.
Live music, iso-polyphony (the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage), will be present during the whole festival.
The villagers, as hosts, will cook using their organic products and prepare traditional dishes of South Albania.
A fair of local products will offer the chance not only to see, taste and appreciate, but also buy this product.
For all those that would like to take with them their kids, please do so, a lot of activities are foreseen even for the kids.
South Outdoor Festival is becoming a tradition, intending to promote different villages/experiences every year!
Who is behind it?
The German Development Cooperation / GIZ, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, through the “Integrated Sustainable Development of the Southern Coastal Region”, in collaboration with Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Himara Municipality and the private sector are supporting the organization of the “South Outdoor Festival”.
Albania’s southern coast stands for extraordinary nature combined with cultural heritage and overwhelming landscapes of the Ionian Sea. Primarily, due to these natural and cultural assets, the merge of the sea with the mountains and the abundance of village settlements dispersed in the landscape, the southern coastal region present substantial potential for a diversified tourism development. Creating an integrated activity that aims bringing together sports, culture, art, history, tradition it aims to offer prospects to the local population in the region for a whole year season so that they can benefit from the sustainable development of tourism.
South Outdoor Festival 2017 – took place in Pilur, Himara, from the 29th of April to the 1st of May. The huge work undertaken and the realization ensued a success, with its high numbers of attendance, and the impact it transmitted during the three days of the Festival. Watch Our 2017
SOF 2018 will take place on the last weekend of April, 27th -28th -29th , 2018.
SOF 2018 will take place in Vuno, Himare. Get directions
The Village of Vuno, unique for its enriched architecture, urban setting, cultural heritage, history and tradition will SOF2018, in its main hub - the field close to Saint Spiridon Church. There, a lot of events and activities will take place – music, camping, games, workshops, forums, culinary activites, etc. The magnificent waters of Jala Bay will be the hosting setting for aquatic sports, such as: kayaking, stand-up paddle, diving, etc. Other activities such as hiking, Moutain biking, jeep safari will occur all over the region. The closing event will be set on the beautiful Bay of Gjipe with a joyous beach party.
Vuno: the mountain ridge acropolis One of the northernmost sea-facing villages in the Himarë Province is Vuno; very unique type compared to the villages farther south. Expanding in the middle of the hillside, cut through by the national road, built against steep hills with roads that cut back and weave in between almost vertical stacks of houses, Vuno is amazingly panoramic and offers breathtaking views. Seen from above, Vuno gives the impression of a large acropolis that emerges from the rocks. From the national road it looks like a wall of houses in a gentle semicircle,facing southwest. That steep slope translates to stunning views once inside the village. There is no bad seat, so to speak, in Vuno. The village can feel at timeslike classic Greek or Italian villages in their steepness and cutback roads. In it, too, are many fine examples of the regional architecture from the eighteenth century, both in houses and churches.
Some claim that because of the village’s location on the hills, ascending to approximately 300 metres, the village’s name derives from the Greek word Vouno (Greek: Bounó), meaning “mountain”. Vuno is an extremely steep village. It is built across the side of a gently concave hill, and the majority of the historic fabric sits above the national road. The built environment is compact and produces particularly interesting typologies of open and close spaces, routes and connections; including the arched passages typical of Vuno. British traveler of the mid-nineteenth century, Edward Lear, stayed in this village in the house of the Kasneci family; other than talking about the great hospitality of the inhabitants of Vuno, he left us a number of watercolor tableaux that are now stored at Harvard University. “I was very surprised by the buildings in Vuno, such as the Kasneci one. They give you the feeling of Venetian “Palazzi”, as well as other constructions around rural area in Italy. The people of Himara use the Italian language more than anyone in Albania. In every village of this region I went, I noticed that despite the fact that they are Greek orthodox by religion, they are all Albanians, with some small exceptions” has written Edward Lear. (Edward Lear landscape drawings, Vuno, 1848. Source: Harvard University online Library (www.oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~hou01475,accessed in Feb.2016)